Whitworth University

Whitworth Celebrates Pirate Graduates This Weekend

May 21, 2021
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This weekend Whitworth University will send its graduates off to the big bad world. The north Spokane school will hold its commencement ceremonies on campus for the first time since the 1970s.

Gonzaga, WSU Graduations Complete; Whitworth Is Next

May 10, 2021
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Gonzaga University handed out diplomas over the weekend to law school students, graduates and undergraduates. Washington State honored its health sciences students in Spokane on Thursday and Friday.

Whitworth is next in the commencement queue. Here's what the graduating Pirates can expect during their Covid-influenced ceremony.

Whitworth President Leaving for Job in Alabama

Mar 10, 2021
Courtesy of Whitworth University

Whitworth University President Beck Taylor is taking another job at a private Christian School in Alabama.

Taylor will become president of Samford University in Homewood, Alabama in July. Taylor has led Whitworth since 2010 and is its 18th president. According to a university news release, he will resign May 31.

Whitworth Among Those Honoring Veterans On Veterans' Day

Nov 11, 2020
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Among those celebrating Veterans’ Day on Wednesday was Whitworth University, which held an outdoor event on campus.

Former Army psychologist Mark Baird was the guest speaker. He was the former director of the Tacoma Veterans Center.

Courtesy of Mead School District

The health agencies in Washington and Idaho have made public their Covid-related statistics for several months. Now, some of the school districts and universities in the region are posting their own Covid dashboards.

Spokane Universities Hope To Avoid Covid Surge

Aug 28, 2020
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Whitman County health officials announced another 41 new coronavirus cases on Thursday. All of them are in the age groups typically associated with college students. That continues the run of Covid-related cases related to the recent return of students at Washington State University’s Pullman campus.

Spokane public health officials hope Spokane’s universities will be able to avoid that kind of outbreak.

Courtesy of Gonzaga University

Whitman County public health authorities today [Monday] reported one new Covid case. This comes after a weekend in which a two-day flurry produced 69 new cases, all of them in the age group that indicate college students or other young adults.

Spokane County Health Officer Bob Lutz says he's working with leaders of the Spokane-based institutions to help them avoid what has happened at Washington State University’s Pullman campus.

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The grand experiment begins Monday for at least three Inland Northwest colleges and universities. Washington State, the University of Idaho and North Idaho College will begin their first academic year in the coronavirus age.

All of the institutions have plans on how to put in place various safety procedures, including distancing, temperature checks and mask requirements. And all plan a mix of online and in-class instruction.

Whitworth University

Whitworth University says it plans to welcome students back to campus this fall and hold in-person classes.

The north Spokane school joins Gonzaga in making their fall plans public. Washington State and the University of Idaho are also leaning that way.

Meg Maclean

Up Monroe Street from the Spokane Public Radio studio, a couple of miles away, is a coffee shop called Vessel. It’s popular among college students and, no wonder, it’s owned by former Whitworth University student Sean Tobin.


The story of Vessel’s creation is interesting not just because the business was founded by a student who loves coffee, but also because of the close relationship between Tobin and his business mentor.

Immigration Advocate Predicts "Skinny" Immigration Bill

Feb 12, 2018
National Immigration Forum

The head of an immigration advocacy group yesterday (Monday) predicted the U.S. Senate would take a winding road before deciding on changes to federal immigration law.

Ali Noorani is the executive director of the National Immigration Forum. He spoke last night at a public forum at Whitworth University.

Spokane Public Radio

On today's show Verne interviews Judith Schoepflin, composer. 

The 18th program in a series called Women Composers: The Untapped Source XVII Music For Brass. 

The Music for Brass program takes place at 8:00 PM Sunday, October 15th, 2017 at Whitworth University in the recital hall. Performers include: 

Jennifer Brummett, horn

Dan Keberle, Eric Moe, trumpet

Amy Porter, soprano

Judith Schoepflin, piano

Richard Strauch, trombone

Refugee Resettlement Work Active in Spokane

May 18, 2017

We say goodbye this week to our intern reporter Emily Goodell. Emily is graduating from Whitworth University on Sunday.

As one of her final projects she and two classmates created a podcast that looks at the role of the refugee agency World Relief in assimilating people fleeing violence in other countries into the Spokane community. Along the way they interviewed two former refugees who now own restaurants here.